- Code POLS3001
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Politics and International Relations
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Political Science
- Areas of interest International Relations, Security Studies, Diplomacy, International Affairs, Politics
- Academic career UGRD
- Dr Charles Miller
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2019
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This course will introduce students to the main techniques and theories for analyzing and understanding how governments make foreign policy decisions. It will be divided into two main interactive components. The first will be dedicated to surveying the leading theories on foreign policy decision-making to provide an avenue for addressing questions such as: What role do personalities play in the process? Does the bureaucracy have an impact? Where do questions of national identity and ambition fit in? How does the form of political regime - democratic or authoritarian - impact the decision-making process? What impact do external factors and structural constraints have on foreign policy decision-making? The second component will emphasize participation and application of the theories through the research and presentation of selected case studies.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- explain different theories of foreign policy analysis;
- analyse strengths and weaknesses of different approaches to foreign policy analysis;
- apply theories of foreign policy analysis to specific cases;
- conduct research, think critically and develop academic writing styles to suit different purposes; and
- understand the issues and processes described and to relate them to current affairs and present-day issues of significance.
- Take-home mid-term exam, 1500 words (30) [LO 1,2]
- Case-based research paper, 1500 words (25) [LO 1,3,4,5]
- Oral case study group presentation, 20 mins + 25 mins discussion (10) [LO 3,4,5]
- Tutorial participation (10) [LO 1,3,5]
- Take-home final exam, 1500 words (25) [LO 1,2,3]
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 10 days delivered intensively: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorial and tutorial-like activities; and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Course reading brick and materials set out through Wattle site.
Assumed KnowledgeFamiliarity with basic concepts and theories of international relations per the requisite course contents.
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